Blog Archives

New Egleston Sq. festival postponed

June 20, 2014
By

Celebrate Egleston Square, a new neighborhood arts and music festival, has been postponed to August. It was originally scheduled for June 28. The festival, planned to become an annual event, is slated include music acts Willy Rodriguez Salsa Quintet, James “JC” Carr and Fernandito Ferrer, from Puerto Rico. The day was also planned to...

Read more »

No baby geese for Jamaica Pond

June 20, 2014
By

Soggy weather prevented Jamaica Pond Park from seeing its typical spring parade of baby Canada geese, according to the City Parks Department. Ryan Woods, director of external affairs for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, told the Gazette that no goose nests were found at their usual nesting site on the Jamaica Pond Island....

Read more »

‘Battle of the Bars’ raises funds for JP Music Fest

June 20, 2014
By

What does JP do to raise funds for the JP Music Festival (JPMF)? Host a battle of the bands, of course. The June 10 event at the Midway Café at 3496 Washington St. may have the makings of an annual tradition. Organizer Rick Berlin, local longtime musician and JPMF organizer, told the Gazette the...

Read more »

JP Pets: Tips for keeping pooches cool and safe this summer

June 20, 2014
By

With the weather finally warming up, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) warns dog-owners that heat and summer activities can be dangerous to their canine companions. The MSPCA gave the Gazette its top five tips for keeping dogs safe this summer: 1. Exercise safely. Try to exercise pets in...

Read more »

JP Pets: MSPCA pushes for new animal welfare laws

June 20, 2014
By

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), which includes a hospital and adoption center at 350 S. Huntington Ave., takes care of animals in more than one way. The MSPCA is working on new laws to improve the lives of Massachusetts’s furry residents. MSPCA spokesperson Rob Halpin told the Gazette...

Read more »

Use a concern for DND Heath St. parcels

June 20, 2014
By

BACK OF THE HILL—The size and shape of any new development on 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street need careful consideration, community members told the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) planners at a June 5 meeting. DND Senior Development Officer for Housing John Feuerbach told the Gazette that, following a site visit of the...

Read more »

Audit: Local VA hospital wait times within range

June 20, 2014
By

In the wake of a national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wait list scandal that led to patient deaths, a federal audit shows the local VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. manages to schedule appointments for local veterans within 30 days 99 percent of the time. But first-time patients have a significantly longer...

Read more »

JP Champion

June 20, 2014
By
JP Champion

Read more »

Skate park applies for public/private partnership

June 20, 2014
By

Young organizers are forging ahead with a public/private partnership application to upgrade and maintain a skate park on the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP). Wheels of Steel, an organization founded by Brian Leff, a recent Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) graduate and JP resident, has spearheaded the transformation of a former disused hockey...

Read more »

Lantern Festival cancelled this year

June 6, 2014
By

The Forest Hills Cemetery (FHC) announced it will not hold its annual Lantern Festival this summer, which it has held for the last 15 years. FHC Assistant Treasurer Janice Stetz told the Gazette that the Cemetery is “reviewing procedures and logistics” and that the festival “may come back next year.” Stetz said she did...

Read more »

Best of JP 2014